Public urged to be prepared as Council approves winter plan

Published: Wednesday, 05th December 2018

We have vehicles ready, salt stocked and grit bins across the Borders for the public to use to help keep the region moving this winter.

Download the Winter Service 2018/19 report to Executive.

We are also urging individuals, businesses, organisations and families to make sure they play their part and keep themselves and others around them safe this winter.

Councillors on the Executive Committee approved the region’s winter service plan for 2018/19 on Tuesday 4 December, providing details on how we plan to ensure the local road network is free from ice and snow, within available resources.

Find out how you can get ready for severe weather

Advice and resources are available to allow the public and businesses to stay informed, get ready and think of others before and during an emergency incident such as severe weather.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Last winter was one of the most challenging we have experienced in recent years for extreme winter conditions, including the Beast from the East which saw more than 40 centimetres of snow fall in some areas.

“During emergency circumstances such as this, the Council and partners will be focussing on keeping main roads and schools open and helping provide care to our most vulnerable residents.

“In winter weather, the Council keeps the road network operating safely and effectively in two ways – prevention by pre-salting roads to reduce the effect of frost and frozen conditions, taken forward on a routine, planned basis – and intervention through large scale snow clearance following extreme winter conditions involving emergency actions and community resilience.

“We continually review our salt usage and put in place orders to replenish stocks throughout the winter.

“Members of the public can also help themselves by being informed, including signing up for SB Alert which now has over 5,100 members, being ready such as preparing a household emergency kit and thinking of others by joining your local community resilience group or simply checking on a vulnerable neighbour or relative.

“Flooding is also an issue in winter, and we believe SBC is one of the only local authorities in Scotland to offer subsidised flood products to households to help them protect their properties. We would encourage the public to take up this offer, with more information available at our website.”

How can you play #yourpart

You can prepare for winter by carrying out the following actions:


Sign up to the various messaging services available:


  • Ensure you have a household emergency kit containing items such as bottled water and ready to eat food, essential medication, toiletries, first aid kit and baby food
  • Prepare an emergency car kit including items such as torch, map, blanket, shovel, warm clothes and boots, some food and a warm drink
  • Small and medium sized businesses can follow the 10 Minute Plan to ensure they are resilience in an emergency – visit Ready Scotland website to take part

Think of others and play your part

  • Join your local resilient community group
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours or relatives to help them prepare for an emergency situation